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Boris Johnson dons cook’s apron as youngsters flock to Newham ExCel skills fair

PUBLISHED: 18:12 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:12 25 November 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries his hand at being a chef at Skills London (Picture: BRD.ASSOCIATES)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries his hand at being a chef at Skills London (Picture: BRD.ASSOCIATES)

BRIAN-RUSSELL

Young people looking for the next career step were treated to a feast of prospective employers — and Boris Johnson in an apron — at a top skills fair.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries his hand at being a chef at Skills London (Picture: BRD.ASSOCIATES)Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries his hand at being a chef at Skills London (Picture: BRD.ASSOCIATES)

Skills London offered visitors the chance to design their own garden, make their own “blinking robot” and even construct a kit car as they came face to face with some of the city’s most prestigious employers.

The event, labelled the capital’s “biggest and best jobs and careers event for young people” took place at the ExCel Centre, Newham, on Friday last week (November 22).

Mayor of London Mr Johnson, who attended and tried his hand at various roles including being a chef, claimed “thousands” of jobs were available to the tens of thousands who came.

“Skills London is a truly fantastic event,” he said.

“It gives young Londoners the chance to come face-to-face with potential employers, try out new things and get their foot on the career ladder.”

There were more than 150 stands and 10 different zones at the event, highlighting the range of opportunities available.

Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First said: “Skills London shows that plenty of employers are doing their bit to support young Londoners into jobs. This year’s event has more employers than ever before, across more sectors.”

Skills London 2013 is run in partnership by London First and Prospects working with the Mayor of London, National Apprenticeship Service and National Careers Service.


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